Alabama vs. Florida State Early June Game Preview & Fearless Prediction
Check out the Alabama vs. Florida State fearless prediction and game preview … for early June
Date: Saturday, Sept. 2
Game Time: 8:00 pm ET
Venue: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA
Welcome to the first look and picks for the biggest games of the 2017 college football season. These quick thoughts are being done in early June, with the real Fearless Prediction and expanded breakdown coming in August.
Early June First Thought: What’s Going To Happen?
This is just stupid for both teams this good to play a game this huge right away.
But … yay.
It’s great for college football fans, but if this isn’t No. 1 vs. No. 2 to start the season – without a tune-up game for either one – it’ll be a battle of preseason top five teams in what might be the greatest opening weekend matchup of all-time.
When was the last time Alabama lost a season opener? 2001 to UCLA, 20-17. Since then, the Crimson Tide haven’t just won, they’ve been brutally destructive, especially over the last few years of the Nick Sabam era, with double-digit blowout wins over total cupcakes: USC, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Virginia Tech and Michigan.
Florida State’s been pretty good at this opening week thing, too, winning six straight since losing to Miami in the 2009 lid-lifter. The last season-opening loss in a non-conference game – there were a few to Clemson and Miami?
1989 in a 30-26 shocker to Southern Miss and some Brett Favre guy.
But now this is something different.
Considering these are two of the best teams in college football, how will the College Football Playoff types treat the loser if it 1) loses one other game, but takes its conference title and 2) the winner rolls and is a CFP shoo-in?
There’s only going to be three months to figure that out, but first, hopefully this massive game in Atlanta’s shiny new Mercedes-Benz Stadium turns into a brilliant showdown between two titans.
Alabama will almost certainly be the preseason No. 1 team all across the board, with yet another amazing defense, QB Jalen Hurts with a year of experience, a loaded group of backs and another great O line to work behind.
But can the passing game start to show more after a rocky finish to last year? This Florida State secondary isn’t one to get healthy against.
If the Noles don’t have the best group of defensive backs in college football, they’re No. 1A on the list.
FSU has a few relatively minor issues at wide receiver, but the offensive backfield and the great O line should make up for it, while the defensive front might just be the best one on the field.
Florida State will come up with a tremendous first half. By the early third quarter, social media will have handed the Heisman to QB Deondre Francois and announce the end of the Saban era at Alabama as we know it, but then the Tide will turn things around.
In two long, crunching scoring drives, the Alabama running game will start to take over, while the defense turns up the intensity with a few key three-and-out. The Crimson Tide will take over late, with Hurts taking off for a brilliant scoring run to finally get the lead back.
But unlike the last time we saw Alabama, the defense will hold in a good enough game to make everyone hoping for a rematch on the same field on January 8th.
Alabama vs. Florida State Early June Prediction
Alabama 31, Florida State 27
Early June Line
ATS Confidence: 2.5
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